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Christine Desan

Christine Desan is the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the author of Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism (Oxford University Press, 2014), a book arguing that a radical transformation in the way societies produce money ushered in capitalism as a public project. Current projects include exploring the way that money configures commensurability, the way that commercial banks allocate credit with public authority, and the intellectual history of money and capital creation in the discipline of economics. Desan co-founded Harvard’s Program on the Study of Capitalism in 2005 and is the founding editor of a virtual research center/network,, that explores monetary and financial design as important vectors of governance. As a member of Steering Committee of the Massachusetts Public Bank Coalition, she recently helped draft legislation now under deliberation. Desan organizes the conference series on Money as a Democratic Medium, which will reconvene and welcome interested participants in June 2023.

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